Accreditation of Academic Programs

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Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:11/01/1995
Implementation Date:08/30/1995
Originally Implemented:08/30/1995


Procedure

Accreditation is important to the University because it helps enhance the quality of our academic programs. Moreover, an accredited program has the potential to increase both the number and quality of students who may find it useful for admission to graduate study, obtaining a job, or pursuing related interests. Faculty are also more likely to be attracted to CSU San Marcos when there is institutional commitment to accredited programs.

Accordingly, the Academic Senate believes that academic programs should seek accreditation under the following conditions:

  1. The accrediting organization is nationally recognized as appropriate to the specific academic program.
  2. A majority of the tenure-track faculty in the program have agreed to pursue accreditation from this accrediting organization.
  3. The faculty of the academic program must engage in a self-study to evaluate its prospects for successful accreditation.

To facilitate the accreditation process, every effort should be made to obtain release time from the Dean of the College for faculty significantly involved on the accreditation program. Assistance with the direct costs of accreditation, e.g., fees, consultants, travel, should be provided from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to help defray the substantial commitment being made by the college and faculty to reach this important goal.